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Nigeria botched air strike 'may have killed up to 236 people'

Kano - As many as 236 people may have been killed in the botched Nigerian air strike against Boko Haram that hit a camp for civilians displaced by the unrest, a local official told AFP on Saturday.

Death toll now 90 in Nigeria air strike, could reach 170

Kano - The death toll from a botched Nigerian air strike against Boko Haram that hit a camp for displaced people has risen to 90, and could climb as high as 170, Doctors Without Borders said on Friday.

Nigeria plans inquiry into botched air strike that killed 70

Maiduguri - Nigeria on Thursday gave details of a formal probe into a botched air strike that killed at least 70 people, as aid workers feared the bloodshed could affect vital humanitarian programmes.

Death toll in botched Nigeria air strike soars to 70

Maiduguri - The death toll from a botched air strike on Boko Haram fighters in northeast Nigeria rose to 70 on Wednesday, as aid agencies indicated more could die without urgent treatment.

Air strike on displaced camp in Nigeria 'kills 52'

Kano - At least 52 aid workers and civilians were killed on Tuesday when an air force jet accidentally bombed a camp in northeast Nigeria instead of Boko Haram militants, medical charity MSF said.

Nigeria marks 1,000 days since kidnap of Chibok girls

Abuja - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said Sunday he was hopeful the remaining 195 Chibok schoolgirls will be rescued, as he marked 1,000 days since the mass abduction by Boko Haram that drew global attention to the jihadist insurgency.

10-year-old girl used as human bomb in Nigeria New Year's Eve attack

Kano - One person was seriously injured when a suicide bomber aged around 10 blew herself up in a New Year's Eve attack in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, witnesses and aid workers told AFP Sunday.

Nigeria's 'plastic rice' real but inedible

Lagos - Around 100 bags of "plastic rice" seized in Lagos have turned out to contain real but contaminated rice, authorities said Friday in Nigeria, where prices for the staple have rocketed.Tests on the rice have shown that the product is "not plastic but ......

Boko Haram leader in new video says group safe, not crushed

Kano - Boko Haram's elusive leader Abubakar Shekau appeared in a new video on Thursday to dispute a claim that the jihadist group had been routed from its Sambisa Forest stronghold."We are safe. We have not been flushed out of anywhere.

Nigeria's Chibok girls 'kept from family over Christmas'

Kano - A group of 21 Nigerian Chibok girls brought home for Christmas after almost three years in captivity were prevented from celebrating at home with their families, several sources told AFP on Wednesday.

Nigerian army 'crushes' Boko Haram in key stronghold

Abuja - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday claimed the military had routed Boko Haram in a key northeastern stronghold, a year after saying the Islamist militants had been "technically" defeated.

Maiduguri overwhelmed by victims of Boko Haram insurgency

Maiduguri - Ali Bukar didn't know anyone when he arrived in Maiduguri with 43 people in tow and not a coin in his pocket.

Incoming UN chief names three women to top posts

New York - Incoming UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday announced his choice of Nigeria's Environment Minister Amina Mohammed to be the UN's number two official and tabbed two other women for key leadership posts.

No way home for victims of Boko Haram

- Seen from above in a helicopter, the straight white walls of Ngala camp in northeast Nigeria carve a misshapen star out of the dry brown scrub.

Girls 'aged 7 or 8' commit suicide attack in Nigeria

Kano - Two girls, thought to be only seven or eight years old, conducted a double suicide attack in a northeastern Nigerian market Sunday, killing one person and wounding 18, officials said.

Nigerian church roof collapse kills at least 160 worshipers

Uyo - Metal girders and the corrugated iron roof of a crowded church in southern Nigeria collapsed on Saturday during a ceremony to ordain founder Akan Weeks as a bishop. At least 160 congregants were killed.

Nigeria church roof collapse kills scores of worshippers

Lagos - Rescue workers in Nigeria hunted for survivors Sunday inside an evangelical church where the roof caved in on worshippers, killing at least 60.

Nigeria suicide attacks toll reaches 45: emergency service

Kano - Two female suicide bombers on Friday killed 45 people and wounded 33 others when they detonated their explosives in a crowded market in Nigeria's restive northeast, the emergency service saidThe army had earlier put the death toll at 30.

Nigeria's Boko Haram battle stalls as population starves

Kano - Nigeria's military campaign against Boko Haram Islamists is increasingly bogged down as it confronts suicide attacks, looting and indiscriminate slaughter while the UN warns the affected region faces the "largest crisis in Africa".

Nigeria, Morocco mull gas pipeline mega-project

Lagos - Nigeria and Morocco are in talks over a huge project to extend a West African gas pipeline to stretch up towards Europe, officials say.

Lagos poor left homeless by ruthless modernisation bid

Lagos - Efforts by Lagos authorities to turn Nigeria's chaotic commercial capital into a modern megacity have run into controversy after the demolition of an impoverished waterfront neighbourhood left 30,000 people homeless.

Nigerian court denies bail to separatist leader Kanu

Abuja - A Nigerian court on Thursday refused bail to a separatist activist, whose arrest last year sparked a wave of bloody protests across the country.

Boko Haram blocking aid to scores of refugees in Cameroon: UN

Geneva - The United Nations warned Friday that the threat from Boko Haram jihadists was complicating efforts to help tens of thousands of Nigerian refugees living in dire conditions in northern Cameroon.

Amnesty accuses Nigeria of killing 150 Biafra activists

Lagos - Amnesty International on Thursday accused Nigeria's security forces of killing at least 150 pro-Biafra protesters and injuring hundreds since August 2015.The army denied the charge.

Nigeria's peace talks with oil rebels deadlocked

Warri - Just weeks ago, Nigeria's junior oil minister said output was almost back to normal after a year of devastating attacks against the major African oil producer.But now it seems Emmanuel Kachikwu spoke way too soon about the 2.

Six soldiers killed in Boko Haram attack in Cameroon

Yaound - An attack by Nigeria's Boko Haram jihadists against a Lake Chad army base manned by an anti-insurgent regional force has left six Cameroonian soldiers dead, a military source said Tuesday.

'Africa's male Barbie' speaks out after Nigeria controversy

Lagos - A cross-dressing social media star dubbed "Africa's male Barbie" has shot to fame in Nigeria, sparking a charged debate in a conservative country where alternative lifestyles remain frowned upon.

Polluted water in hand, Nigerian king takes Shell to court in London

London - King Emere Godwin Bebe Okpabi holds up a plastic bottle containing contaminated water from his community in Nigeria, proof of oil pollution that he blames on Royal Dutch Shell -- and on which he hopes a London court will deliver justice.

Boko Haram stages three suicide attacks in NE Nigeria

Maiduguri - Boko Haram Islamists staged three suicide attacks in Nigeria's restive northeast on Friday, leaving four attackers and two civilian vigilantes dead, police said.

Terrorism deaths fall in 2015: annual global index

London - Terrorism deaths fell last year thanks to a weakening of the Islamic State group in Iraq and Boko Haram in Nigeria, but both groups expanded their geographic reach, a new index revealed Wednesday.
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Severely malnourished Nigerian refugee in a refugee camp during Nigerian-Biafran civil war.
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Mubarak Bala, a Nigerian man has been incarcerated in a mental health institution by his family after saying he had lost his belief in God.
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Basorun market, a typical small market in southwest Nigeria
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The roofless uncompleted building beside it is the "mission house." It is already occupied.
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Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan
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